The 10 candidates at tonight’s Democratic presidential debate were engulfed in a cloud of group amnesia, attempting to rewrite personal and party histories around key policies. But everyday Americans are smarter than this and see through the pandering.
For example, Sens. Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand tried to accuse Joe Biden of sexual and racial bias, yet they never said a peep when Barack Obama chose Biden for vice president.
If these women were truly disturbed about Biden, they would have shown courage and challenged Obama. Same when Gillibrand appeared to ignore the sexual misconduct allegations against former President Bill Clinton–accepting Clinton’s fundraising help and serving in his administration–and then turned on him when it was politically expedient.
Tonight, Biden threw the Trans Pacific Partnership under the bus, even though the deal was developed under his watch–to the point that Biden had been called by NBC News in 2015 “a key surrogate for the Obama administration in their effort to build support on Capitol Hill” for the measure. It was President Donald Trump who pulled the United States out of TPP.
Biden and others onstage tried to attack President Trump for defending our southern border; Biden neglected to note data from the US Border Patrol showing that 26% more migrants died at the southwest border during Biden’s first two years (785) as vice president than during the Trump administration (581). Biden also didn’t mention that while he was vice president, migrant children in Border Patrol custody were physically and sexually abused between 2009 and 2014, according to a 2018 report by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School.
It is President Trump who declared a national emergency, has forced Mexico, Guatemala and even the US Congress to step up and prevent the further escalation of human trafficking and violence against women and children at our border.
And when Rep. Tulsi Gabbard tried to criticize President Trump for standing up to Iran’s quest for regional hegemony in the Middle East, even Democrat Adam Parkhomenko, an adviser to Hillary Clinton, pointed out Rep. Gabbard’s defense of Syria’s brutal dictator, Bashar al-Assad, who she has refused to call an enemy of the US. In calling President Trump racist for telling the truth about Baltimore’s challenges, Sen. Cory Booker didn't mention that Baltimore's own former mayor (a black woman) called out the city's rat problem, Rep. Elijah Cummings once called his own Baltimore district “drug-infested,” and children in his own district “walking around like zombies.” Sen. Bernie Sanders compared Baltimore to a third-world country in 2015, yet Booker didn’t say a word.
Despite his bout of amnesia, Booker did have one moment of clarity: “The person who is enjoying this debate the most right now is Donald Trump.”